Everyone deserves to live and die with dignity and without pain.

Hospices of Hope started work in Romania in 1992. There was no hospice care whatsoever available in the country at that time. Morphine was illegal. Cancer patients had no pain relief and were simply left to die in pain. The health system was corrupt and people avoided seeking medical help as they could not afford to pay a bribe.

Other countries in the region have similar problems and so we extended our work into Serbia in 2006, the Republic of Moldova in 2008 and Albania in 2018.

Since 1992 Hospices of Hope has-
become the leading hospice development charity in South East Europe
cared for more than 40,000 patients and their families through country partners
successfully lobbied for the introduction of morphine based medicine
raised more than £20 million to support hospice care in South East Europe
been recognised by the University of Sheffield (through research funded by the SOROS Foundation) as a beacon of palliative care provision in the region (Hospice Casa Sperantei)
raised more than £1million in the Beacon appeal (following on from that research) to increase hospice provision in South East Europe
been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the World Health Organisation
partnered with many international agencies such as the Norway Fund, the Swiss Partnership, the EU, USAID and the Open Society Institute
opened teaching establishments in Romania and Serbia and provided recognised courses for medical professionals in Romania, Serbia and Moldova (many of these courses being attended by professionals from all across the region)
introduced new technologies including virtual and augmented reality to help patients
established a network of small hospices in Moldova – re-opening one that had closed and making the other four sustainable
established links with Ryder Albania to set up similar network of hospices in Albania
With country partners we have also built and opened two purpose-built teaching hospices, a new hospice centre in Belgrade, three educational centres, a respite and therapy centre for children, two rural based clinics and have provided home care services throughout the Hospices of Hope Network.

All services are free of charge to patients.

Natasha Gover